Ornamental Plaque, Gilt bronze, gold, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and white coral, China

東晉 鎏金嵌寳銅飾件
Ornamental Plaque

Period:
Eastern Jin dynasty (317–420)
Date:
4th–5th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Gilt bronze, gold, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and white coral
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); W. 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Dorothy Graham Bennett, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.255
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
This plaque once decorated the hat of a government official. It features a cicada— an emblem of immortality—framed by semi-precious stones.
[ Gisèle Croës , Brussels, BE, until 2002; sold to MMA]